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YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 16, 2017- Yonkers Raceway's Monday night (Oct. 16th) harness racing program saw any number of usual Saturday races 'carried over' in deference to the $3.3 million all-stakes card of this past weekend. Odds-on Always at My place (George Brennan, $3.60) barely lasted, winning the $50,000 Open Handicap Pace. From post position No. 6, he held sway (:27.1, 56.2, 1:23.3, 1:52.2), a desperate nose in front of pocketed Thisjetsabookin' (Jason Bartlett), with Techtor Hanover (Scott Zeron) arriving late in that photo. Theartofconfusion A (Eric Goodell) and Gratian Hanover (Joe Bongiorno) settled for the remainder. For repeating 'Always,' a 6-year-old Always a Virgin gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his ninth win in 23 seasonal starts (career 36-for-100). The exacta paid $23, with the triple returning $138.50. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 16, 2017-A pair of Yonkers Raceway reminders regarding the upcoming live harness racing schedule. Sunday matinees return Oct. 29th, with a High Noon first post. It's the first of six Sundays between then and the end of the racing season (others post times TBA as of now). That first Sunday program has seven 'French trots,' races 2 through 8 during the card and the return of the 'New York, New York Double' (Belmont Park's closing day). Also note that Thursday live racing continues to Nov. 2nd, with the usual first post of 7:10 PM. Thursdays were originally scheduled to end this month, but a 'make-up' program was added when the Raceway cancelled this past Friday (Oct. 13th) to accommodate New York Day of Champions detention. Additional information regarding the Oct. 29th card shall be sent when available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 14, 2017 -- They came, they saw, they conquered. Twice. Conducted for the first time in the afternoon, the first time alongside Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino and the first time out of a local detention barn, Yonkers Raceway’s $1.8 New York Day of Champions Saturday afternoon (Oct. 14th) produced a pair of repeat statebred harness racing champions. Here's the skinny after eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals... Allerage Farm 3YO Filly Trot - From post position No. 3, odds-on Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory, $3.70) sat a comfy pocket to second choice Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett) through intervals of :29.1, :58.4 and 1:27.2. Then, once chauffeur ask, date obliged. Barn Bella eased from the pocket, blowing by to beat 'Ruth' by 2½ lengths in 1:56.2. Maewegonow (Charlie Norris), Chapter Too (Eric Goodell) and Scarey Karie (Brian Sears) earned the minors. 'Bella,' a daughter of Conway Hall co-owned by (trainer) Steve & Nancy Pratt and Purple Haze Stables, has now 12 of her 16 seasonal starts (lifetime 18-for-24, $688,725, two NYSS titles). The gimmicks--$5.70 exacta, $17.60 triple and $91.50 superfecta. "She was super sharp today," Gregory said. "Much better than she was in her few starts." Blue Chip Farms 3YO Colt/Gelding Pace - It couldn't have been much easier for puny proposition Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan, $2.20) quarter-moved to the lead, then won in hand. From post No. 4, 'Waffles' took over from Serious Major (Yannick Gingras) just after a :27.4 opening subsection. He finished it off (56.4; 1:24.4; 1:53.3), whipping a belated Chip Walther (Marcus Miller) by a length-and-a-quarter. American Wiggle (Dan Dube) outraced his 49-1 odds for a first-up third, with Serious Major and What's Going On (George Brennan) coming away with the remainder. Funknwaffles, an American Ideal gelding owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by John Butenschoen, is 5-for-15 this season (career 13-for-24, $811,226, also a pair of NYSS titles). The gimmicks--$17.20 exacta, $207.50 triple, $609 triple. "He's been knocking heads with better horse than these and since he was 1-9 in here, he had his way," Callahan said. Cameo Hills Farm 3YO Filly Pace - From post No. 2, fave Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron, $4.60) lived up her name, retaking from first leader Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald), then holding that one at bay (:27.3, :57. 1:24.3, 1:53.2). The margin was a length-and-a-half, with frosh champ Tequila Monday (Dave Miller) a from-last third. Angel's Promise (Jordan Stratton) and Ann Hill (Sears) picked off the remainder. 'Obvious,' a Roll with Joe miss trained by Mark Steacy for co-owners NLG Racing Stable and Stephen Klunowski, she's now 6-for-16 in '17. The gimmicks--$58.50 exacta, $213.50 triple. "I drove her as if she was the best, and she was," Zeron said. "Now it's on the Breeders Crown." The lass has expanded her fan base. When she won this summer's Empire Breeders (Tioga), she did so at 27-1 Crawford Farm 2YO Filly Trot - Ake Svanstedt trained half the field here, including 1-4 choice Plunge Blue Chip. Unfortunately, that local track record-holder who entered 6-for-6 picked a bad day to have a bad day. Badly gapping her cover, 'Plunge' plummeted to seventh, as her uncoupled stablemates---21-1 Lucky Ava (Gingras, $45) and pace-sitting 64-1 Fury Road (Andrew McCarthy) finished 1-2. Fury Road launched herself from an eight-hole (-28.1; 58.1; 1:27.3), opening 2¼ lengths in the lane. A third-over--from post No. 5--'Ava' stormed home, winning by a half-length in a life-best 1:58.2. Lucky Rainbow (Dave Miller) rallied inside for third at 79-1, with 55-1 Natalie Hanover (Dube) and Lima Novelty (Bartlett) rounding out the payees. Second choice Supergirl Riley (Marcus Miller) broke before the start. Fourth choice Lucky Ava, a daughter of Lucky Chucky co-owned by Svanstedt, Little E LLC and Van Camp Trotting, has won five of her nine first-season tries. The gimmicks--$1,088 exacta, $1,149 triple (first two finishers and ALL), $32,824 superfecta (first three finishers and ALL, base $2 payout), Genesee Valley Farm 2YO Colt/Gelding Pace (post time 1 PM) - Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) came in a perfect 6-for-6. He left quite imperfect. The 2-5 pole-sitter led to the lane (:27.1, 57., 1:25.1), but spit it up in the lane. Jersey Jim (Jim Devaux, $26.80), from post No. 4, buried fourth at the cones at the half, extricated him to roar home from last-over. He defeated Paprike Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr) by a length in 1:54.3. Topville Olympian (Gingras), done no favors when the favorite quit, did get third, with Casual Cool (Bartlett) and My Delight (Dave Miller) earning the minor moolah. Hitman Hill faded to six among the seven. Fifth choice Jersey Jim, an Artiscape gelding co-owned by Robert & Gail Sanders and trained by Perry Simser, is 4-or-9 this season. The gimmicks--$160.50 exacta, $1,082 triple. Winbak Farm 2YO Filly Pace - Division points leader Hurrikane Shorty (Bartlett) misbehaved early, while 3-5 choice Azreal as It Gets (Jim Marohn) set up shop on the lead (:28.1, 58.2, 1:27). She could not, however, stall a second move from Alexis Faith (Morrill Jr., $10.20). The latter, leaving into a four-hole from post No. 7, engaged 'Azreal' in and out of the final turn before finally wearing her down. The margin was a going-away length-and-a-quarter in 1:55.2, with Let's Fall in Love (Gingras) third. Betterthangraduate (Matt Kakaley) and Line Dancer (Brett Miller) settled for the small change. Third choice 'Alexis,' an American Ideal miss co-owned by West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, J. Robert Darrow & Kevin McKinlay and trained by Casie Coleman, is now 6-for-9 in her first season. The gimmicks--$43.20 exacta, $277.50 triple. Harness Horse Breeders of NYS 2YO Colt/Gelding Trot - From what became outside post No. 7, odds-on Six Pack (Svanstedt, $3.90) went the distance (:28.2, :58.4, 1:29, 1:58), disposing of pocket-sitting Clive Bigsby (Bartlett) by a length-and-a-half. The Veteran (Sears) was third, with Tito (Marcus Miller) and a recovering Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley) coming away with the remainder. Six Pack, a Muscle Mass colt co-owned by his trainer, Little E LLC, Stall Kalmar and Lars Berg, is 4-for 8 in '17 after a third consecutive victory. The exotics--$12.20 exacta, $42.20 triple (three wagering choices in order). Morrisville Coll. Equine Inst. 3YO Colt/Gelding Trot - Yonkers Trot winner Top Flight Angel was a judges' scratch in a race that ended up not being for squeamish. A trio of breakers, including 1-2 fave Guardian Angel AS (Bartlett), scattered the surroundings. That left Eye ofa Tiger AS (Tim Tetrick, $13.40), from post No. 5, to his own devices. Nary an anxious moment (:28.4, :58.3, 1:27.1, life-best 1:55.2), 'Tiger' opened four lengths in and out of the final turn before winning by seven lengths. Icanflylikeanangel (Stratton) and Lord Cromwell (Brennan) minded their manners to chase home 'Tiger,' with a recovering duo of Guardian Angel AS and Swell Chap (Callahan) grabbing the lessers. Third choice Eye ofa Tiger AS, a Chapter Seven gelding trained by Anette Lorentzon for co-owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson, has hit the board in 13 seasonal starts, winning six. The gimmicks--$170,50 exacta, $1,438 triple, $4,165 superfecta. The 'New York, New York Pick 4,' featuring the Harry Harvey Invitational (Crazy Wow) and International Trot (Twister Bi), resulted in a sequence (with scratch numbers) of 3,7/4/2,6/2 and paid $24.62 for every correct 50-cent wager. Total pool was $18,985. Total handle for the 11-race card (including the 'French' hub win/show wagers for four exported races) was $1,102,532, the Raceway's first seven-figure number of the season. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 13, 2017-- If you can't find a seat at the track, find one in front of the TV. Saturday afternoon's (Oct. 14th) harness racing million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino shall be broadcast by SportsNet New York (SNY). The home of the Mets is also the home of the 39th edition of the trotting classic, picking up the Raceway's simulcast show from 3:30-4:15 PM. Prior to the International (9th race, post time 4 PM), fans can watch the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot (8th race, post time just after 3:30 PM). Both races feature 10 trotters at the mile-and-a-quarter distance. The 45-minute broadcast offers the insights of the author and Standardbred Owners Association of New York Vice President Peter Venaglia, while Empire City's Clare Galterio goes behind the scenes with some of the International Trot participants. First post for Yonkers' 11-race, all-stakes, $3.3 million (a New York harness record) program is 1 PM. The card also includes the $1.8 New York Day of Champions and a pair of the $250,000 Invitationals, the Harry Harvey Trot (see above) and Dan Rooney Pace (7th race). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, October 12, 2017-This Saturday afternoon (Oct. 14th), while there's a New York State harness racing-record $3.3 million of Yonkers Raceway purses up for grabs, there's also a fair chunk of change to be had by some wily handicappers. A pair of intriguing multi-race gimmicks figure to garner the bulk of the attention. Up first-chronologically-is a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool (50-cent minimum wager), comprising the last five races during the 11-race, all-stakes card. We're talking a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, the $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino and the final two of eight, $225,000 New York Sire Stakes events. The guarantee is a combined effort of the Raceway, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and the U-S Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. Not to be outdone, the New York Racing Association has become a part of the afternoon, with two of its stakes races serving as the back end of the special 'New York, New York Pick 4' wager. The quartet of races are Yonkers' 8th ($250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot) and 9th (million-dollar International Trot), then Belmont's 8th ($150,000 Futurity) and 9th ($200,000 Pebbles). Post time for the four races are 3:30 PM, 4 PM, 4:46 PM and 5:19 PM, respectively. This bet is hosted by NYRA and also has a 50-cent minimum, with program pages available in both track's live programs as well as off-track simulcast books. The wager is also available through Empire City Bets, NYRA Bets and other ADW portals. Advance wagering for Yonkers' stakes card is available Friday (Oct. 13th). Please be aware of these other Saturday changes to the Raceway's usual wagering format... --Add 6th and 9th race superfectas --Add Pick 3 beginning with 9th race --Remove Pick 3 beginning with 8th race to accommodate start of 'New York, New York Pick 4' --Late Daily Double races 10 and 11, both also with superfectas. A reminder that Saturday's first post is 1 PM, five minutes after Belmont's opener. (Pick 5 and Pick 4 program pages accompany this release) Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 9, 2017 - Post positions have been drawn for 10 of the 11 races comprising the richest day ever in New York harness racing, Yonkers Raceway's $3.3 million all-stakes extravaganza this Saturday afternoon (Oct. 14th). (Note that the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino shall be drawn Tuesday afternoon [Oct. 10th] at a midtown Manhattan press luncheon). Here's a hot-off-the-presses look at the $1.8 million New York Day of Champions and the pair of $250,000 Invitationals (sire stakes finals @ $225,000 each, invites @ $250,000 each). No.-Race (post time)... 1st-NYSS Genesee Valley Farm 2YO Colt/Gelding Pace (post time 1 PM) - Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) just keeps winning, as in 6-for-6 ($146,533) and the draw for the final. If the 'Hitman' is to falter, it's probably at the hooves of Casual Cool (Jason Bartlett), Jersey Jim (Jim Devaux, post 4), Topville Olympian (Yannick Gingras, post 6) or Paprike Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr. post 8). That quartet has combined for 16 wins and more than $440,000 this season. 2nd-NYSS Winbak Farm 2YO Filly Pace (post time 1:20 PM) - Division leader Hurrikane Shorty (Bartlett, post 6) hasn't done much wrong, as evidenced by four wins and three seconds in eight tries ($123,915). As with Hitman Hill, she won both of her local tries. Alexis Faith (Morrill Jr., post 7) had a win and a second here including in her 8-for-8 board resume (5 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third, $116,310). Azreal as It Gets (Jim Marohn Jr., post 3) won her last two sire stakes starts. 3rd-NYSS Crawford Farm 2YO Filly Trot (post time 1:40 PM) - Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt, post 3) matched Hitman Hill's perfect half-dozen this season ($108,433). Along the way, she set a local track record (1:56.2), winning by nearly 10 lengths. Svanstedt also trains Natalie Blue Chip (Dan Dube, post 4) and Lucky Ava (Gingras, post 5). He does not, however, train formidable pole-sitter Supergirl Riley (Marcus Miller). 4th-NYSS Cameo Hills Farm 3YO Filly Pace (post time 2 PM) - If last season's frosh femme champion (via DQ) Tequila Monday (Dave Miller) is going to defend her title, she's going to have to overcome the eight-hole to do it. For the season, she's won 8-of-19 races ($352,517), including the $140,700 Lismore here. Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald) did her rival one better, going 9-for-19 ($266,601). Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron, post 2) was second and third, respectively, in her elim and final of the Jugette. 5th-NYSS Harness Horse Breeders of NYS 2YO Colt/Gelding Trot (post time 2:20 PM) - Clive Bigsby (Bartlett, post 3) wound up in points 'dead-heat' with the AWOL Fourth Dimension. 'Clive' won five of his eight seasonal starts with a pair of seconds ($95,530). Ronnie Goldstein (Kim Crawford, post 4), Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley, post 6) and Six Pack (Svanstedt, post 7) all have won here this summer. 6th-NYSS Blue Chip Farms 3YO Colt/Gelding Pace (post time 2:40 PM) - The champ from 2016, Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan, post 4), has put together another fine season in '17's glamour division, with four wins and 11 board finishes in 14 starts ($441,442). Cultural Paradise (Brian Sears, post 5), Outkast Blue Chip (Morrill Jr., post 6) and Pointomygranson (Zeron, post 8) each socked away six figures this season. 7th-Dan Rooney Invitational Pace (post time 3 PM) - From the inside out, there's the Canadian Pacing Derby winner, Sintra (Jody Jamieson, post 1), the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series winner, Keystone Velocity (Dube, post 3), the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby winner, All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley), plus this season's Quillen Memorial and last season's Levy winner, Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, post 6). No slouches in this octet, with five having reached at least career seven-figure social status 8th-Harry Harvey Invitational Trot (post time 3:30 PM) - Going the mile-and-quarter make very well even out the landscape. Homicide Hunter (Brett Miller, post 10) is of two beginning from the back of the bus. He and the other second-tier number, Cash Me Out (Eric Goodell, post 9) both have 30 career victories. The only time Dia Monde (Brennan, post 6) visited, he matched track record for his 4-year-old gelding weight class (1:54.2). Throw a trio of French Canadian-trained entities in Charmed Life (Sears, post 2), Lookslikeachpndale (Dube, post 4) and Musical Rhythm (MacDonald, post 8) into the mix, and this race is quite puzzling. 9-$1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino (post time 4 PM) - 10 horses at the mile-and-a-quarter to be drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 10th) 10-NYSS Morrisville Coll. Equine Inst. 3YO Colt/Gelding Trot (post time 4:30 PM) - Yonkers Tort winner Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller, post 7) renews his rivalry with Guardian Angel AS (Bartlett, post 1). Between them, it's a dozen wins and just under $600,000. Swell Chap (Sears, post 3) was an under-the-radar points leader with six wins and a dozen board finishes in 14 tries ($179,138). 11-NYSS Allerage Farm 3YO Filly Trot (post time 5 PM) - Frosh phenom 'beastly' Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory, post 3) eyes a statebred repeat, bringing a 17-for-23 career resume ($576,225) into this race. This season, she's 11-for-14 (364,414) Her main rival starts right inside in the 'person' of Hudson Filly champ Celebrity Ruth (Bartlett, post 3). Unraced at 2, she's been first of second in all but one of 14 '17 tries ($359,113). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 7, 2017 - Always at My Place (George Brennan, $3.40) and Consolidator (Greg Merton, $14.40) were the harness racing standouts Saturday night (Oct. 7th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. The weekly featured pace had odds-on, pole-sitting Always at My Place stuff Thisjetsabookin' (Brent Holland) in behind, get no pressure early, then finish what he started (:27, :56.2, 1:23.4, 1:51.4). Hel defeated a solid, first-up Scott Rocks (Eric Goodell) by three-quarters of a length, with Gratian Hanover (Dan Dube), 66-1 outsider Theartofconfusion A (Steve Smith) and Cooperstown (Merton) settling for the minors. For 'Always,' a 6-year-old Always a Virgin gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his eighth win in 22 seasonal starts (career 35-for-99). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $7.70, with the triple returning $39.80. The week's marquee trot saw a well-driven Consolidator-from post position No. 2-use a parked-out Money Maven (Holland) as a pick through intervals of (:28.1, :57.1, 1:26.4), then hold off a pocketed Cash Me Out (Goodell) by a desperate nose in 1:55.2. Ameliosi (Jordan Stratton), In Secret (Brennan) and Lookslikeachpndale (Dube) came away with the lesser envelopes, with International Trot-bound In Secret having his winning streak end at six. Even-money Rubber Duck (Jason Bartlett) raced parked with cover, fading to sixth. . For fourth choice Consolidator, a 4-year-old daughter of Triumphant Caviar co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby, Laura Baker and Alan Weisenberg, it was his fifth win in 19 '17 tries. The exacta paid $113.50, with triple returned $1,061. Consolidator, making her local Open Handicap debut, has three wins, a second and third in five Westchester starts...after beginning at the rock-bottom level. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 6, 2017-- Hugh Hefner N has found a second life after his namesake's first death. The four-legged version was at it again Friday night (Oct. 6th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $20,000 pacing opener in a down-the-road harness racing effort. Eight nights ago, and one night after the human Hefner's passing, the equine counterpart provided a morbid hunch play...which paid off to the tune of $4.60 as the wagering favorite. Moving up the claiming ladder (from $20,000 to $25,000) Friday night, he prevailed from the inside post position. 'Hef' won by a head in 1:53.1, his fourth victory in 21 seasonal starts. This time, he returned $10.60 as the third choice. The 9-year-old Down Under Falcon Seelster gelding (we're not going there again) was driven this time by Jordan Stratton for owner Keith Motusesky and trainer Doug Dilloian Jr. Hugh Hefner N went over the $200,000 North American career earnings plateau with the win. Friday night's $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap saw Call Me Queen Be (Jim Marohn Jr., $7.60) placed first after original 'winner' Scandalicious (Greg Merton) was set down to third for going inside a pylon off the final turn. The mile went in 1:52. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 6, 2017 - Of the seven international entrants set to compete in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino, four have found their way to harness racing Yonkers Raceway. After a couple of days in quarantine (Newburgh, NY), Dreammoko (FRA), Oasis Bi (ITA), On Track Piraten (SWE) and Twister Bi (ITA) made themselves at home in Westchester. It's the third visit for both Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten. The three other overseas horses-Midnight Hour (FIN), Shadow Woodland (FIN) and Tripolini VP (DEN)-are to be housed off-site at approved facilities. The Saturday, Oct. 14th world-class event finds those seven joined by defending champion Resolve (USA), In Secret (USA) and Marion Marauder (CAN) , the mile-and-a-quarter event highlighting New York harness-record $3.3 million purse program. Post position for the 39th edition of the International shall be drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 10th) at a midtown press luncheon. Please note again it's a rare Saturday afternoon card, with Yonkers Raceway's first post at 1 PM and the International Trot (race No. 9 of 11) scheduled for approximately 4 PM. Race day schedule... 1-NYSS Genesee Valley Farm 2YO Colt/Gelding Pace 1:00 2-NYSS Winbak Farm 2YO Filly Pace 1:20 3-NYSS Crawford Farm 2YO Filly Trot 1:40 4-NYSS Cameo Hills Farm 3YO Filly Pace 2:00 5-NYSS Harness Horse Breeders of NYS 2YO Colt/Gelding Trot 2:20 6-NYSS Blue Chip Farms 3YO Colt/Gelding Pace 2:40 7-Invitational Pace (Dan Rooney) 3:00 8-Invitational Trot (Harry Harvey) 3:30 9-Yonkers International Trot@ Empire City Casino 4:00 10-NYSS Morrisville Coll. Equine Inst. 3YO Colt/Gelding Trot 4:30 11-NYSS Allerage Farm 3YO Filly Trot 5:00 Notes...all finals for NYSS are at flat mile with eight starters @ $225,000 each Invitational Trot is 1¼ miles with 10 starters @ $250,000 Invitational Pace is flat mile with eight starters @ $250,000 Races 8 thru 11 simulcast to French-hubbed audience. More information about this program shall be sent when available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, October 5, 2017-- Yonkers Raceway and the New York Racing Association have taken the 'New York, New York Double' and doubled it. Saturday, Oct. 14th, with the Raceway hosting the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino, included in the wagering menu is a two-breed Pick 4. The races involved are... --8th from Yonkers...$250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot --9th from Yonkers...$1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino --race TBA from Belmont...$150,000 Futurity --race TBA from Belmont...$300,000 Pebbles The wager is hosted by NYRA and has a 50-cent minimum with a 24 percent takeout. As with the 'Double,' past performances for this wager shall be made available in both tracks' live program as well as simulcast publications. Fans can wager through Empire City Bets, NYRA Bets and selected other ADW platforms. First post for Yonkers is 1 PM, while Belmont's opener goes at 12:55 PM. More information regarding this special Pick 4 to be sent when available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - They've arrived. The overseas harness racing competitors for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino touched down early Wednesday morning (Oct. 4th) at New York's JFK International (that word again) Airport...and if you had 7:20 AM in the office pool, you're feeling quite smug about now. The gang that's all here is comprised of (alphabetically, with country)...Dreammoko (FRA), Midnight Hour (FIN), Oasis Bi (ITA), On Track Piraten (SWE), Shadow Woodland (FIN), Tripolini VP (DEN) and Twister Bi (ITA). After being mobbed by (three) photographers, it was off to posh Newburgh, NY, for a couple of days of rest, relaxation and quarantine. The seven are expected at the Raceway sometime around noon Friday (Oct. 6th), housed in the Old Glory Building as they prepare for the Saturday, Oct. 14th world-class event. None of the two- or four-legged traveling party seemed any worse for wear in a trip that began in Liège (Belgium), a nearly nine-hour flight of just over 3,700 miles. The 39th edition of the International, with 10 trotters at the mile-and-one-quarter distance, is to be drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 10th) at a midtown press luncheon. Defending champion Resolve (USA), In Secret (USA) and Marion Marauder (CAN) round out the stellar field, highlight of a New York harness-record $3.3 million purse program. Please note again it's a rare Saturday afternoon card, with first post at 1 PM and the 39th edition of the International Trot (race No. 9 of 11) scheduled for approximately 4 PM. Also a friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Thursday evening’s (Oct. 6th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,087.53.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 every racing program.  It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Tuesday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

Yonkers, NY -- Ten elite trotters representing seven countries have accepted harness racing invitations to battle for "best in the world" bragging rights in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot on Saturday afternoon, October 14th, at Empire City Casino.   Last year's champion Resolve of the United States, defending his title in the 1¼-mile classic, heads the field. Ake Svanstedt, trains and reins the American flag-carrier, who set a world record of 2:23:4 over Yonkers Raceway's historic strip in the 2016 edition. Hans Enggren owns the son of Muscle Hill.   Canadian standout Marion Marauder, the Yonkers Trot winner and ninth Trotting Triple Crown champion in 2016, will provide keen competition with regular pilot Scott Zeron in the bike.   The star-studded Yonkers International card features a total of $3.3 million in purses buoyed by the $1.8 million New York "Day" of Champions, and a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, which will be announced in the coming days. Post time for the Yonkers International Trot is at 4:00 p.m. First post for the matinee card is at 1:00 p.m.   The world class Yonkers International field also includes a pair of two-time participants - Italy's Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten of Sweden - with their connections hoping that "three's the charm" this year. "Oasis" finished second last year, while "Piraten" was a fast-closing fourth. The duo was fourth and seventh, respectively, in 2015 when the International returned after a 20-year hiatus.   France's Dreammoko, the fastest from the first crop of standout Timoko, and a second Italian standout Twister Bi have also accepted invitations to participate in the 39th edition of the worldwide trotting affair. Midnight Hour and Shadow Woodland are the flag-carriers from Finland, while Tripolini VP will represent Denmark. In Secret, the winner of four straight Open Handicap Trots at Yonkers, is the second American representative.   Resolve, the millionaire six-year-old son of Muscle Hill, will attempt to become the first U.S.A. representative to win back to back Internationals since Delmonica Hanover in 1973-74. Roquepine (1967-68), Ideal du Gazeau, the only three-time champion (1982-83-84) and Lutin d'Isigny - all of France - are the only other three to win consecutive Internationals.   Frank Drucker Yonkers Raceway Publicity Director

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - A pair of $250,000 invites are among the harness racing highlights of Yonkers Raceway's 'International Trot Day,' and while the field is not quite set for the Harry Harvey Invitational Trot, no more calls, we have eight winners for the inaugural Dan Rooney Invitational Pace. The one-mile Dan Rooney goes as the seventh race (approximate post time 3 PM) during Yonkers' $3.3 million program a week from Saturday (Oct. 14th). First post for the special matinee program is 1 PM. The eight Free-For-All pacers who've RSVP'd to race secretary Steve Starr (alphabetically) are... All Bets Off Bit of a Legend N Keystone Velocity Mach it So Missile J Scott Rocks Sintra Somewhere in L A. The inaugural Harvey Trot (8th race, approx.. post 3:30 PM) shall be finalized shortly, since there are a few more seats (10 in total) needed for the mile-and-a-quarter event. Again, both of these races, as well as that afternoon's finals of the New York Sire Stakes, are to be drawn Monday afternoon (Oct. 9th). The million-dollar Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino is drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 10th) at a midtown Manhattan press luncheon. The day's schedule... Race day schedule... 1-NYSS Genesee Valley Farm 2YO Colt/Gelding Pace 1:00 2-NYSS Winbak Farm 2YO Filly Pace 1:20 3-NYSS Crawford Farm 2YO Filly Trot 1:40 4-NYSS Cameo Hills Farm 3YO Filly Pace 2:00 5-NYSS Harness Horse Breeders of NYS 2YO Colt/Gelding Trot 2:20 6-NYSS Blue Chip Farms 3YO Colt/Gelding Pace 2:40 7-Invitational Pace (Dan Rooney) 3:00 8-Invitational Trot (Harry Harvey) 3:30 9-Yonkers International Trot@ Empire City Casino 4:00 10-NYSS Morrisville Coll. Equine Inst. 3YO Colt/Gelding Trot 4:30 11-NYSS Allerage Farm 3YO Filly Trot 5:00 Notes...all finals for NYSS are at flat mile with eight starters @ $225,000 each Invitational Trot is 1¼ miles with 10 starters @ $250,000 Invitational Pace is flat mile with eight starters @ $250,000 Races 8 thru 11 simulcast to French-hubbed audience. More information about this program shall be sent when available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 2, 2017- Apparently, one curtain call for the dearly departed wasn't enough. Hugh Hefner-or, more specifically, his New Zealand-bred harness racing namesake with the 'N' designation-is back to try it again. Hugh Hefner N, who made 'posthumous' headlines a week ago by winning the night after his human counterpart's passing, goes for a duplicate Yonkers Raceway performance Friday night (Oct. 6th). 'Hef' draw the pylons in the $20,000, first-race pace as he moves up the claiming ladder from $20,000 to $25,000. Jason Bartlett is again scheduled to drive for owner Keith Motusesky and trainer Doug Dilloian Jr. Hugh Hefner N is a 9-year-old Down Under Falcon Seelster gelding (feel free to insert own punchline) who has three wins in 20 seasonal starts. Frank Drucker

The elite 10-horse field for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot is complete. In Secret becomes the second United States flag-carrier to accept the invitation to the 1 ¼-mile global affair set for Saturday afternoon, October 14 at Empire City Casino over the historic Yonkers Raceway harness racing strip. It’s no secret: In Secret is in Yonkers International The gelded son of 2008 Trotter of the Year Deweycheatumnhowe joins defending champion Resolve to form a potent U.S.A. one-two punch. In Secret has been unbeatable of late at Yonkers, winning the last four Open Handicap events and six consecutive races overall. In this breakout season, the five-year-old has won nine of 20 starts (with five seconds and a pair of thirds) while banking $229,595. In Secret has been driven by George Brennan for trainer Ron Burke, who (as Burke Racing) shares ownership with J&T Silva Stables, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi.   Resolve tries to repeat Last week, Canadian standout Marion Marauder, the Yonkers Trot winner and ninth Trotting Triple Crown champion in 2016, was added to the formidable lineup.   Canadian flash Marion Marauder likes the Yonkers oval, too! The elite Yonkers International field also includes a pair of two-time participants – Italy’s Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten of Sweden –  with their connections hoping that “three’s the charm” this year. “Oasis” finished second last year, while “Piraten” was a fast-closing fourth. The duo was fourth and seventh, respectively, in 2015 when the International returned after a 20-year hiatus.   Italy’s Oasis B., second last year, tries to turn the tables  France’s Dreammoko, the fastest from the first crop of standout Timoko, and a second Italian standout Twister Bi have also accepted invitations to participate in the 39th edition of the worldwide trotting affair. Midnight Hour and Shadow Woodland of Finland, and Denmark’s Tripolini VP complete the field. The seven Euros are expected to arrive at New York’s JFK International Airport on Wednesday, October 4.   Sweden’s On Track Piraten, sleeper needs better trip The star-studded Yonkers International card features a total of $3.3 million in purses buoyed by the $1.8 million New York “Day” of Champions, and a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, which will be announced in the coming days. Post time for the Yonkers International Trot is at 4:00 p.m. First post for the matinee card is at 1:00 p.m.   Resolve, the millionaire six-year-old son of Muscle Hill, will attempt to become the first U.S.A. representative to win back to back Internationals since Delmonica Hanover in 1973-74.  Roquepine (1967-68), Ideal du Gazeau, the only three-time champion (1982-83-84) and Lutin d’Isigny – all of France – are the only other three to win consecutive Internationals. Ake Svanstedt, who trains and drove the American flag-carrier to the world record performance in 2:23:4 last year, is at the helm once again for owner Hans Enggren.   Here’s the field in alphabetical order with country in parenthesis.   Dreammoko (FRA) In Secret (USA) Marion Marauder (CAN) Midnight Hour (FIN) Oasis Bi (ITA) On Track Piraten (SWE) Resolve (USA, defending champion) Shadow Woodland (FIN) Tripolini VP (DEN) Twister Bi (ITA)   By John Cirillo with Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 2, 2017-- If you gaze at his recent harness racing resume, it should be no secret that In Secret has been chosen to fill out the field for the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino. The 5-year-old gelding son of 2008 Trotter of the Year Deweycheatumnhowe becomes the second American representative for the world-class, mile-and-a-quarter event, hosted by Yonkers Raceway Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14th. In Secret has been unbeatable of late locally, having won the last four Open Handicap events and six consecutive races overall. In this breakout season, he's won nine of 20 starts (with five seconds and a p\air of thirds) while banking $229,595. In Secret has been driven by George Brennan for trainer Ron Burke, who (as Burke Racing) shares ownership with J&T Silva Stables, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. The field for the event (alphabetically, with country of representation) is... Dreammoko (FRA) In Secret (USA) Marion Marauder (CAN) Midnight Hour (FIN) Oasis Bi (ITA) On Track Piraten (SWE) Resolve (USA, defending champion) Shadow Woodland (FIN) Tripolini VP (DEN) Twister Bi (ITA) Please note that post positions for this race are to be drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 10th) at a midtown press luncheon. The 39th International (third since it was renewed in 2015) highlights the state's richest-ever ($3.3 million) harness program, which also features the $1.8 million New York Day of Champions and a pair of $250,000 Invitationals (all other races are to be drawn Monday, Oct. 9th). Race day schedule... 1-NYSS Genesee Valley Farm 2YO Colt/Gelding Pace 1:00 2-NYSS Winbak Farm 2YO Filly Pace 1:20 3-NYSS Crawford Farm 2YO Filly Trot 1:40 4-NYSS Cameo Hills Farm 3YO Filly Pace 2:00 5-NYSS Harness Horse Breeders of NYS 2YO Colt/Gelding Trot 2:20 6-NYSS Blue Chip Farms 3YO Colt/Gelding Pace 2:40 7-Invitational Pace (Dan Rooney) 3:00 8-Invitational Trot (Harry Harvey) 3:30 9-Yonkers International Trot@ Empire City Casino 4:00 10-NYSS Morrisville Coll. Equine Inst. 3YO Colt/Gelding Trot 4:30 11-NYSS Allerage Farm 3YO Filly Trot 5:00 Notes...all finals for NYSS are at flat mile with eight starters @ $225,000 each Invitational Trot is 1¼ miles with 10 starters @ $250,000 Invitational Pace is flat mile with eight starters @ $250,000 Races 8 thru 11 simulcast to French-hubbed audience. More information about this program shall be sent when available. Frank Drucker

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